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I'm en route to Orlando, Fla. this morning for baseball's winter meetings, which officially begin tomorrow. Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail will meet with local reporters this evening though I don't expect any breaking news. It would, however, be a nice surprise as the biggest fear for reporters during this event is to pace the lobby 12 hours a day and have nothing to write about. And yes, that has happened before. I've covered five winter meetings and I think the biggest Orioles' story to surface was last year's trade of Chris Ray for Kevin Millwood, or maybe the Ramon Hernandez trade with the Cincinnati Reds two years ago. I'm not counting Miguel Tejada's trade demand because that came on the final night of the winter meetings after team officials had scattered and boarded planes.

Before you ask about my expectations for the week, I'll say that I would be surprised if the Orioles made no moves this week. I'd also be surprised if they made a move that would drastically increase the morale of their beaten and ticked off fan base. I could see them landing third baseman Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks, or acquiring a shortstop, like Jason Bartlett or J.J. Hardy. I could see them re-signing Koji Uehara and coming to an agreement with a setup reliever in the Kevin Gregg mold. But I'd be shocked if they make a huge deal, say for a Jose Reyes or a Prince Fielder, or sign one of the marquee free agents.

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Anyway, we'll have plenty of time to talk about all the rumors and the speculation, but first, I wanted to discuss a couple of guys who are already in the Orioles' organization.

I spoke the other day to Chris Tillman, who has been the subject of many trade rumors this offseason. Tillman doesn't pay much attention to any of it, but he did say that he strongly wants to remain on the Orioles and redeem himself following his difficult 2010 season.

To that end, Tillman has been working out daily at the Athletes' Performance in California. Other players training there include the Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley and the Seattle Mariners' Milton Bradley, and Tillman's workout group includes teammate and best friend Brian Matusz, Orioles' 2009 first-round pick Matt Hobgood and Toronto Blue Jays' ace lefty Ricky Romero.

"My whole body feels different," said Tillman, who is trying to add upper body strength. "It feels really good."

Tillman, who communicates with Orioles' strength and conditioning coach Joe Hogarty, said that this is really the first time in his life that he's been on a strict lifting regime. Asked if it's been tough to stay motivated, Tillman said, "After last season, are you kidding me?"

Tillman, 22, went 2-5 with a 5.87 ERA in 11 starts with the Orioles after going 11-7 with a 3.34 ERA in 21 starts at Triple-A Norfolk.

You'll also be happy to know that Tillman has been extremely impressed by the work ethic shown by Hobgood, whose conditioning was very much an issue this past season. Tillman said Hobgood does conditioning work both before and after the workouts. "That kid is so strong," Tillman said.

And one more thing: Orioles' backup catcher Craig Tatum had a scary moment earlier this offseason when he cut his right thumb on a knife. The wound needed six stitches, but Tatum said that it has healed and he'll be ready to go by spring training.

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